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Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Spotlight: Cherrin Song

Luke Van de Walle

South Korea, a vibrant country defined by harmony of tradition and innovation, stands as a testament to the co-existence of the past, present, and future. The nation boasts a rich heritage while simultaneously embracing modernity. From the mesmerizing hues of traditional hanboks to the high-energy of K-pop, South Korea is a kaleidoscope of cultural wonders, where age-old rituals dance alongside...

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Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Spotlight: Jefferson Saransig

Luke Van de Walle

Nestled in the highlands of northern Ecuador, Otavalo is a region rich in culture and hailed as the textile hub of indigenous Ecuadorians. Its residents, called Otavaleños, have transformed the region as they achieved high levels of success through exporting their fabrics both domestically and internationally. Jefferson Saransig, our 2022-23 Quechua (Kichwa) Foreign Language Teaching Assistant, comes from this rich...

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Foreign Language Teaching Assistant spotlight: Dayana Velasquez

Luke Van de Walle

Located north of Ecuador’s capital Quito, the region of Otavalo is home to rich indigenous cultures that are recognized globally for their iconic clothing, textiles, and handcrafts. Dayana Velasquez, 2023–2024 Quechua FLTA, is proud to represent her home and Otavaleña culture in South Bend, as it has held a deep significance throughout her life.

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Foreign Language Teaching Assistant spotlight: Caroline Kipruto

Luke Van de Walle

Kenyan native and Swahili Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Caroline Jepchumba Kipruto is an exemplary representative of her community, Eldoret. Located in the western region of Kenya near the Great Rift Valley, Eldoret is famous for a large number of world-class track and field athletes like Eliud Kipchoge who is Olympic champion is marathon runner and world record…

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FLTA spotlight: Cin-Hua Chen

Luke Van de Walle

Taiwan boasts a rich culture and picturesque scenery unlike any place in the world, offering a unique blend of indigenous, Chinese, and Japanese influences that is evident in its architecture, cuisine, and traditions. From the vibrant night markets and bustling shopping districts in Taipei and Kaohsiung, to the stunning peaks of the Alishan and Taroko National Parks, to the pristine...

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Foreign Language Week is Back!

Luke Van de Walle

The LaFortune Ballroom came alive last year during Foreign Language Week 2022 with the smell of food, the beating of drums, the sound of music, and the grace of the dancers from different cultures. The Notre Dame community watched in awe as the performers transported them to different parts of the world, each dance telling a story of its own...

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